Whether you live in London or you’re visiting for a weekend break, there are so many things on offer in the city that it can be a little overwhelming knowing how to spend a day out. While it might be tempting to hop on the London eye or take a tour of the river Thames, there are plenty more ways to have a great day in the city. We’ve put together a guide to 5 ideal ways to spend a day in London!

Grab a cocktail

Every great day out should start with a cocktail or two, and with the many trendy cocktail bars scattered throughout London, you’re certainly in the right place! For an unforgettable drinking experience, head down to Nola in Rivington street – a New Orleans inspired bar with glamorous architecture, jazz music and unique cocktails.

Get pampered

It might not be often that you get a day to yourself, so why not make time for a little pampering session? If you’re overdue a good cut and colour, there are plenty of top hairdressers in London to choose from, many of which also offer beauty treatments such as massage and facials.

Sample some street food

After a busy day in the city you’re bound to work up an appetite. Try something new at one of the city’s many street food spots such as Borough, Camden or Leather Lane market. Here you’ll find delicacies from around the globe, along with some classic favourites such as burgers and hot dogs, all made with fresh produce and ready to eat right away!

Bag yourself a bargain

While the London shopping scene can be pricey at times, there’s still plenty of opportunity to grab a few bargains if you look in the right places. For designer clothing fans, head to the Paul Smith outlet store in Mayfair or the Burberry outlet in Hackney for discounts of up to 70%! If you have an eye for vintage fashion, there are loads of amazing vintage stores to rummage through for some hidden treasures.

Check out some art

If you’re an art lover, London is the perfect place to explore the many museums and galleries that the city has to offer. Head down to the Tate modern for some international contemporary art, or check out the current art and design exhibitions on offer at the Victoria and Albert museum.